International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Cultural Differences based on a Silent Film: A Comparative Analysis of Hungarian and Jordanian University Students' Written Narratives
Ahmad Naji, Judit Navracsics

In the context field of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), the study was conducted on Hungarian and Jordanian university students (mean age 21), who were all enrolled in English studies programs. Participants were asked to create narratives based on a silent film exploring their feelings, the relationship between dreams and reality, and emotional fulfillment. Thematic analysis (TA) and LIWC-22 were used to examine the connection between cultural influences and narrative content. The analysis revealed distinct word frequencies, and cultural schemas, such as story setting, love, societal expectations, family bonds, and gratitude, which differed between the two groups. The study also found that shared writing styles emerged, emphasizing common themes of regret and the pursuit of autonomy. Moreover, Jordanians demonstrated more collectivist tendencies, while Hungarians leaned towards individualism. These findings provide valuable narrative insights into creative writing in diverse cultural contexts in EFL settings.

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